Weekly News Update

An analyst looks at code in the malware lab of a cyber security defense lab at the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Credit : © Reuters/Jim Urquhart


Along with the Swiss government and human rights groups, DCAF is quoted as a provider of impetus for the emergence of norms to govern private military contractors: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/04/12/people-including-me-used-to-think-that-the-private-military-industry-couldnt-govern-itself-we-were-wrong/ 


Sierra Leone - UK: Sierra Leone's government allegedly helped British private security service firms recruit former child soldiers to work as guards in Iraq, reported a Danish academic who investigated the issue: http://www.dailysabah.com/africa/2016/04/19/sierra-leone-helped-uk-private-security-firm-to-deploy-ex-child-soldiers-to-iraq-study-says


India: In becoming a leader in maritime security in the Indian Ocean, the state faces significant challenges. Considerable political and strategic demands are placed on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government and the Indian navy deals with operational constraints: http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Vijay-Sakhuja-India-s-maritime-security-dilemma


Nigeria: The country is considered “better positioned to take advantage of strategic partnerships to make the country the hub of maritime activities in West and Central Africa” by the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), who seeks partners to put into practice the European Union’s  investment of over 20 million Euros on maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea: http://guardian.ng/business-services/nimasa-seeks-support-for-eus-e-20m-investment-in-maritime-security/ 


US - South-East Asia: US officials have confirmed that the United States has started implementing the Pentagon’s new maritime capacity-building initiative for Southeast Asian states near the South China Sea: http://thediplomat.com/2016/04/us-kicks-off-new-maritime-security-initiative-for-southeast-asia/ 


Japan: Due to a variety of factors, Japan is vulnerable to cyber challenges of the 21st century, ranging from attacks by foreign quasi-state actors to theft by domestic criminals: http://thediplomat.com/2016/04/japans-achilles-heel-cybersecurity/ 


Singapore: Singapore’s minister for communications and information announces that a new Cybersecurity Act will be tabled in Singapore’s parliament next year: http://thediplomat.com/2016/04/singapore-to-table-new-cyber-bill-in-2017/ 


USA: The country’s federal, state and local government agencies rank in last place when compared against 17 major private industries, including transportation, retail and healthcare, according to an analysis from venture-backed security risk benchmarking startup SecurityScorecar: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cybersecurity-rankings-idUSKCN0XB27K